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2021 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Arizona

3 Colleges
951 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,592 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in ArizonaWith 951 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies is the #15 most popular major in Arizona. This means that 1.7% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Arizona ranking analyzed 3 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in parks and rec. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those parks and rec schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The parks and rec school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Parks & Rec Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in Arizona

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for parks and rec majors.

Best Value Parks & Rec Schools in Arizona

Northern Arizona University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. NAU is a very large public school located in the small city of Flagstaff. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NAU, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Arizona ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at NAU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,230. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NAU is $101,050. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. Located in the city of Phoenix, ASU - Downtown Phoenix is a public school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at ASU - Downtown Phoenix, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Arizona ranking.

The average student at ASU - Downtown Phoenix graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,144. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Downtown Phoenix be around $146,902. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Grand Canyon University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Phoenix. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Grand Canyon University, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies in Arizona ranking.

At Grand Canyon University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $24,402 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University is $103,220. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges in the Southwest Region

Explore all the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools in the Southwest Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Texas 5,678
Oklahoma 798
New Mexico 92

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 845
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 95
Outdoor Education 11

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Majors Similar to Parks & Rec

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 2,509
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2,168
Legal Professions 362
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 35

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 3 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NPS Photo/Zurbuch.

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